Did you know that your hormones also get affected by what you eat, not just your weight?
High consumption of processed and refined sugars can have a direct impact on insulin levels (which controls the sugar levels in your body). Everybody loves a sweet treat! But you don’t know how sugar can throw your hormonal cycle out of balance. Keep reading to know more about the way extra sugar can harm your body.
Sugar and Insulin Control
Sugars in our food are broken down into glucose which is used to produce energy for the body. The insulin hormone helps to maintain the levels of sugars in the blood. But if you increase the consumption of sugar, it can make your body resistant to insulin. If your body develops resistance to insulin, it affects the way muscles, fats, and liver cells take up and metabolize glucose leading to hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels) in your body. Over time, these high sugar levels can lead to serious health conditions like obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and even stroke.
Changes in your Insulin levels can affect different hormones in males and females.
Insulin resistance Symptoms in Males:
- Sudden, unexplained weight gain (especially around your waist and abdomen)
- Excessive sweating
- Difficulty sleeping and headaches
- Dry skin or rashes
- Changes in heart rate and blood pressure
- Irritability, anxiety, depression
- Increased thirst and frequent urination
- Brittle or weak bones
- Unexplained, prolonged fatigue
- Decrease in sex drive
- Thin hair or reduction in the growth of hair
Symptoms of Insulin resistance in Females:
- Mood Swings
- Constipation Or Diarrhea
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles (Heavy Bleeding)
- Pain In the Abdomen or The Back During Menstruation
- Low Sex Drive
- Unexplained Weight Gain or Weight Loss
- Brittle Bones
- Hirsutism, Or excessive hair growth
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, here’s what you need to do:
- First, talk to your Endocrinologist. You will need a holistic treatment plan which can help to correct the hormonal imbalance issue and your dietary sugar intake.
- In your diet, you can add more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and high protein sources like fish. Put a limit on the use of caffeine and alcohol consumption.
- Make an exercise routine (it’s a natural insulin sensitizer) and stick to it. Have a regular eating and sleeping routine. So, your body gets proper energy and rest to recover.